The toxic hell of fracking (children welcome)

The toxic hell of fracking (children welcome) by Paul Danish, August 23, 2012, Boulder Weekly
Cliff Willmeng, a member of East Boulder County United, characterized Encana’s project as “drilling five holes into the earth and injecting it with 50 million gallons of industrial waste.” Cyndi Nusbaum, another one of the demonstrators, said she was “worried about the wildlife, worried about the water issue. Quite a bit of it is going to be turned into toxic waste never to be returned to the cycle of life again. It’s really upsetting, and a lot of people are going to get sick. I really think they will.” … It should come as no surprise to anyone who has been reading my stuff for the last couple of years that I don’t have much respect for anti-fracking activists. And I’ve never been much impressed by folks who use their kids as political props — not withstanding the fact that that there is a long tradition of doing it in Boulder County, from liberals and conservatives alike. … One of the child activists gave the game away. Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, a 12-year-old member of Earth Guardians Youth for Global Sustainability, said, “I think it is really, really sad that people would line their pockets” with the sales of oil and gas produced by such wells (as the ones Encana is drilling) “at the cost of our future.” Personally, I don’t think there is anything wrong with people lining their pockets by producing and selling oil and gas….

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